The Gunners have a key chance to put some distance between themselves and Tottenham as they return to Premier League action this afternoon.
Mikel Arteta’s side have turned their fortunes around after three successive defeats, beating Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham to take control of the battle for fourth place and Champions League qualification.
Spurs’ draw at Liverpool last night means a fourth straight win for Arsenal today would see them move four points clear of their rivals ahead of Thursday’s pivotal north London derby showdown, and only one behind stalling Chelsea in third.
But Leeds also have plenty to play for as they battle for top-flight survival, looking to buck a trend of woeful results against clubs in the top six.
After a heavy defeat by Manchester City at Elland Road, Jesse Marsch’s team now sit 17th and only two points above the final relegation spot with Everton – who face Leicester today – boasting a game in hand below.
Leeds have not won any of their last 11 matches against Arsenal, a run that stretches all the way back to 2003. They have not kept a clean sheet away from home in a league clash against the Gunners for almost 30 years, meanwhile.
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How Nketiah solution could change Arsenal’s transfer strategy
There are not many players in the Premier League facing a more defining end to the season than Eddie Nketiah.
The 22-year-old has established himself as Arsenal’s main striker in recent weeks and suddenly it feels like he has their Champions League push, and his own future, in his hands.
For Arsenal, the equation is simple: better Tottenham’s results over the next four games and they will secure a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2016-17.
For Nketiah, though, the situation is more complicated when it comes to his future. He has two months left on his contract and has rejected several offers made to him over the course of the season.
Manager Mikel Arteta wants the England Under-21 international to stay and has spoken publicly about his desire to keep him since giving him a run of four straight starts.
Click here to read Simon Collings’ Nketiah piece in full
Arsenal vs Leeds prediction
Leeds, despite their position, can certainly cause problems. Still, Arsenal’s professional job of it last time out would suggest they’re capable of grinding out results.
Arsenal to win, 1-0.
Leeds team news: Cooper set for swift return
Leeds are expected to be boosted by the quick return of captain Liam Cooper, who has trained this week after pulling out of the Manchester City defeat in the warm-up.
However, Stuart Dallas now faces months on the sidelines after undergoing season-ending surgery on a broken leg suffered last week.
Key striker Patrick Bamford is not expected to return yet, with Tyler Roberts, Adam Forshaw and Crysencio Summerville all out.
Predicted Leeds XI (4-2-3-1): Meslier; Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Firpo; Klich, Phillips; Raphinha, Rodrigo, Harrison; James
Arsenal team news: Ben White faces latest fitness test
It remains to be seen if Arsenal defender Ben White will be fit to face one of his former clubs this afternoon.
The England centre-back has not trained properly this week due to a hamstring issue that ruled him out of last Sunday’s 2-1 win at West Ham.
“Ben White is still in contention. He needs to train tomorrow to make sure that he is available to play,” Arteta told reporters on Friday. “For the rest, no news, everybody should be okay and ready to play.”
Arsenal remain without long-term absentees Kieran Tierney and Thomas Partey, who won’t play again this season.
If White is out again, then Rob Holding will deputise in the heart of defence once more after scoring and playing a vital role at the London Stadium seven days ago.
Further forward, the resurgent Eddie Nketiah should continue to lead the line, with Emile Smith Rowe battling Gabriel Martinelli for a recall on the left flank.
Predicted Arsenal XI (4-3-3): Ramsdale; Tomiyasu, Holding, Gabriel, Nuno; Odegaard, Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Where to watch Arsenal vs Leeds
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HD.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go app.
Welcome to Arsenal vs Leeds LIVE coverage!
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of a key Premier League showdown between Arsenal and Leeds.
The resurgent Gunners – fresh from handing manager Mikel Arteta a new contract in midweek – are searching for a fourth successive win this afternoon that would see them open up a four-point gap on rivals Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification ahead of Thursday’s crucial north London derby.
However, they could face a tough test against Leeds, who are battling doggedly against Everton and Burnley to avoid joining Watford and Norwich in returning to the Championship next season.
After a 4-0 drubbing by Manchester City last time out, Jesse Marsch’s men sit 17th and only two points above the drop zone, with 18th-placed Everton boasting a game in hand. Frank Lampard’s men are also in action at Leicester this afternoon.
Follow match build-up, all the latest team news and live updates right here, with Simon Collings in attendance at Emirates Stadium to provide expert analysis from the 2pm BST kick-off!
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